Title Sequence


The Birds:

I have decided to make my title sequence/stop motion based on the film ‘The Birds’. I created a film poster based on this film as part of my ideas generation class and gathered extensive research about the film to help me in the process. I thought it would be a great idea to have a film poster and a title sequence/stop motion based on the film ‘The Birds’.

Below is a link to my post ‘film poster design’ and here you will find all my research, drawings, poster ideas and also my final design used for the film poster, which I will link in with this project too;



Stop Motion:

Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object that appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Dolls with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop motion animation using plasticine is called clay animation or “clay-mation”. Not all stop motion requires figures or models; many stop motion films can involve using humans, household appliances and other things for comedic effect. Stop motion using objects is sometimes referred to as object animation.

You see stop motion animation all the time—in commercials, music videos, television shows and feature films—even if you don’t realize it. While it is common for people to think of stop motion as just one specific style, such as clay animation, the reality is that stop motion techniques can be used to create a wide range of film styles.


In 2005, Tim Burtons ‘Corpse Bride’ was shot with the Canon EOS-1D Mark II, making it the first stop motion feature film captured with a digital still camera. Early DSLRs did not have live view, a feature where the camera can provide a video stream of the image through the lens. So, the studio had to use a secondary video camera to provide the video assist.



Below is a link to an interesting article about the stop motion used in the ‘Corpse Bride’ movie.






20 Fantastic “Behind The Scenes” Shots Of The World’s Most Iconic Films


Tim Burton:

Tim Burton is very active in the field of stop motion animation. One of Burton’s first films, Vincent, is a six-minute stop motion animation about a young boy who wants to be Vincent Price. Several of his early live-action films such as Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice made use of stop motion. In 1993, Burton produced the all-stop motion animation The Nightmare Before Christmas. The film was in production for three years due to the length of time it takes to shoot stop motion. The main characters in the film were puppets that in order to create realism in the film were structured hundreds of face models with different expressions. In 2005 Corpse Bride was released, another stop motion piece from Burton. Computer animation of the aliens for his 1996 science fiction comedy, Mars Attack! was deliberately made to look like stop motion when the film’s budget did not allow for the use of the actual stop motion process, blurring the line between the two forms of animation.

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This is an interesting video that looks at the history behind Tim Burton’s Animation using stop motion:


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This is a short video of the behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’. It shows the process of how they used puppets to create the film.






Title Sequences:

title sequence is the method by which films or television programs present their title, key production and cast members, utilizing conceptual visuals and sound. It typically includes (or begins) the text of the opening credits, and helps establish the setting and tone of the program. It may consist of live action, animation, music, still images, and/or graphics.

Title sequences for television series have routinely played a central role in establishing the show’s identity. Repeated at the beginning of every new and rebroadcast episode, usually with limited changes over the course of the series’ run, they can become highly memorable. Theme music played during the sequence may be remembered clearly by viewers decades later.

Interesting Examples of Title Sequences:

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This is a title sequence for ‘Narcos’, which is just lots of clips to do with the show combined together. I like how each part seamlessly runs into the next.


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This is a title sequence for ‘Entourage’. This title sequence is quite upbeat and energetic. I like how the names of the characters in the show are shown, like some are on the side of buildings and some are in lights hanging. It is a really interesting and smart way to utilise the space in the video shots taken.


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This is a title sequence for ‘The Affair’. I think this title sequence gives a relaxed vibe to it, as there is clips of water flowing and waves going in and out etc and the music is real gentle. I am not so keen on the whole title sequence though, as I find it doesn’t really give you a sense of what exactly the show in tales, maybe there should have been some more things in it that had to do with the show a bit more.


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This is a title sequence for ‘Fury’. I don’t really like this particular type of title sequence, as I think it’s quite dull and boring. There could have been so many great things you could have done with a title sequence for this and I don’t think it was used to its best ability.






Saul Bass:

Saul Bass was a graphic designer and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his design of film posters and title sequences.

Among his most famous works are the title sequences for such classic films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). Bass used his innovative ideas and unique perspective of the world to influence his art, engaging his audiences and developing the graphic design industry in the process.

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You would know Saul Bass’s work anywhere, they all look very similar. His title sequences are very graphic, using old style graphics. They are quite simple also.






Kyle Cooper:

Kyle Cooper (Born July 1962) is an American designer of motion picture title sequences.

Here is a video link on Kyle Cooper at Offset in 2012. It is a very interesting talk and a great chance to see his work.

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Other interesting title sequences:

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This an amazing title sequence. It is so simplistic and well made. I would like my title sequence to be simple like this but to still look good also. The illustrations used in this are amazing and the quality of them are great too.


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I like this title sequence because it uses a time lapse effect of various places. I think it is a great idea and it works really well.

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I like the mirrored effect in this title sequence and the movement of the various images, it works really well.

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This is another simple title sequence that is quick. Sometimes the more simple the title sequence the better it looks and with this one, that is so the case. It is basically just showing a periodic table and taking some of the letters and adding them to the title of the show, with smoke in the background and it turns out as an amazing title sequence.

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This is an interesting title sequence as it is all cardboard cut-outs of scenes from the show. It is a different idea, which I don’t think I have seen before, even though it seems it would be the easiest way to create a title sequence.

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I really like this title sequence, because it starts off as a video and then changes into an animation type video with everything drawn instead. I think it is such a clever way to have a title sequence. Its quite upbeat with the music too and just a really good title sequence.


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This is another great title sequence. It’s really simple using just silhouettes and a simple colour scheme. I like the idea of the circle/dot being the thing that brings you from scene to scene. Its such a simple looking title sequence yet so effective and it keeps you interesting in watching the rest of it.



I found this company called ‘Raynimation’ on the internet and thought this was a cool way of making a title sequence, and it reminded me of the ‘United Hills of Tara’ title sequence that I had looked at above.

This is a video showing the behind  the scenes of the making of an animated intro/title sequence for a youtuber known as Zoella for her christmas videos. I found it really interesting to watch how the made it and everything that goes into making an intro like this.

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They use cardboard cut outs to create the scenes for the title sequences. It was great to see it all come together and it looked really cool. I just looked at this as another way that a title sequence could be made using cardboard cutouts. Below, is the final intro made and how it looked all put together;

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Stop Motion Sequences:






A storyboard is a graphic representation of how your video will unfold, shot by shot.

It’s made up of a number of squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot, with notes about what’s going on in the scene and what’s being said in the script during that shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of your script.

Why a storyboard is needed?

It makes it much easier for you to share and explain your vision for your video with others. When you have a storyboard, you can show people exactly how your video is going to be and what it will look like.

When you storyboard a video you’re setting up a plan for production, including all the shots you’ll need, the order that they’ll be laid out, and how the visuals will interact with the script.

While it may take a while to put your storyboard together, in the long run it will save you time in revisions later.





Initial Idea:

I came up with this idea before I began to storyboard. This idea was based off of my film poster I created for another module.


The idea for this was to have the camera zoom in on 5 different birds in the main image, where there would be the names of the characters etc, and then have my poster appear at the end. I liked this idea as it was simple but still looked good. The only problem with this idea was that it wasn’t as easy to portray the original idea I had for it. Zooming in an out was fine but it was too small when zoomed right in and if the main image with all the birds was made any bigger it wouldn’t have looked the same as my poster. So I scraped that idea and began to brainstorm on another idea.

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Storyboard and Scenes:

Here is my storyboard for my title sequence. These are just quick little sketches to show me where each part will go and how it will work. I put some notes underneath and at the sides to also help me.


I decided to create a title sequence based on some drawings I had created from my previous project for a film poster for ‘The Birds’ and wanted to show some important things from the film. Also I loved the font that I used in my poster which looked like blood splats, so I decided to use this font throughout my title sequence.

Scene 1:

I had previously taken some images of birds sitting on a tree and thought they would look good in my title sequence.

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Then I decided to go with the first image and image trace it as otherwise all the scenes would look so different.


and then I just added the text





I created each image seperately and then combined them together in photoshop to create a gif, so that they would all come in at separate times, but seamlessly.

I initially created it as a a gif and everything was in its place but i thought it looked quite boring with just the type coming in so i decided to add some movement to the scene but having it move in and out white the text appeared.

Scene 2:

In this scene I wanted blood splats to show how gruesome the film can be. I had done some watercolour blood splats from my poster project but I tried it and it was too light in colour.


 I then looked for a vector image of a blood splat and I found one on ‘Vecteezy’ (http://www.vecteezy.com/vector-art/79390-blood-splatter-graphics) that seemed perfect to use.










I created each image seperately and then combined them together in Photoshop to create a gif, so that they would all come in at separate times, but seamlessly.

I done the same with this scene as i did with the first one by having it move ever so slightly while the text and blood splats appeared.

Scene 3:

I had drawn an image of a telephone box using a charcoal pencil but decided to then image trace it so that it would match in with the image in the first scene.

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and then I wanted to incorporate various cracks in the windows and one big one between the names.










I created each image seperately and then combined them together in photoshop to create a gif, so that they would all come in at separate times, but seamlessly.

Scene 4:

I had a drawing of a bird that I done for my poster design project, so I imaged traced it and used it in this scene.






I created each image seperately and then combined them together in photoshop to create a gif, so that they would all come in at separate times, but seamlessly.

Scene 5:

This is the last scene and it is the simplest one as it just has type in it.

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I originally had just the film title appear at the end, but I thought it seemed quite plain so I decided to create some movement  in it and have it slowly fading backwards and then finish with a white screen.

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Other Drawings:

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For my title sequence, I used a font called ‘Oh No’ which I had previously used for my film poster for ‘The Birds’:


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‘Oh No’ by Jonathan S. Harris

( http://www.dafont.com/oh-no.font )



I got my audio from Youtube in the audio library ( https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music )

Bump in the Night – Supernatural Haunting by Kevin MacLeod
Bump in the Night – Supernatural Haunting by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Here is an A2 print out of my title sequence, and the information at the bottom of the last page about my title sequence!
Here is a link to my video on Youtube: